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WARP stands for Winter Adjustment for Retired People and is being hailed (among some!) as a brilliant life changing idea that helps them enjoy their everyday lives without the crowds and hassle of modern day to day living.
The concept has been started by a couple from the North of England after they returned from a winter holiday in Tenerife.

Jim Casey is 74 and together with his wife Barbara, they decided they didn’t want to continue putting up with the long dark evenings at their home in Heversham in Cumbria.

So they decided to move to European time, or British Summer Time, and put all their clocks and watches forward by one hour.

Those 60 minutes, they say, make a huge difference to their lives.
“It makes the day seem longer,” Mr Casey said.  “But a big benefit is that we are always an hour ahead of everyone else.

“When we go out to a restaurant for lunch, there is no one there and we get served first,” he said.

Being one hour ahead also means the couple miss rush hour traffic and when they go shopping they find parking much easier as their timing doesn’t coincide with key shopping times. Another bonus is that they are always in really good time for appointments which can remove unnecessary stress.
Most of all, they love the lighter evenings in the winter and the darker mornings don’t worry them at all.

Mr Casey says he is not starting a campaign as this is a very individual choice and he understands for working people making their own decisions on timing could be difficult. But as a fully retired couple, he says the decision is perfect for their current situation and he might go forward another hour when British Summer Time comes in.

Britain is currently under GMT (Greenwich Meantime) and our clocks go forward into British Summer Time on March 27th, Easter Sunday. This will make the evenings lighter but sunrise will be later in the morning.

We have been changing our clocks backwards and forwards in this country since 1916. The modern idea of daylight saving was actually first proposed in 1895 by London born New Zealander George Vernon Hudson.  The idea gained momentum in UK after a London builder wrote a pamphlet entitled The Waste of Daylight in 1907.  He had noticed that the early daylight hours of summer mornings were being wasted while people slept. There was a great deal of discussion but finally the British Government adopted the system during the First World War in the same year as Germany and Austria-Hungary.

This all changed during the Second World War. In 1940 Britain made a decision to keep British Summer Time for the winter, but to turn the clocks forward every spring so that the summers would be two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. This was called British Double Summer Time and there was a lot of discussion as to whether this should remain after the war. But in July 1945 the clocks were brought back to the traditional timing of GMT for the winter and one hour ahead for the summer months.

A few years ago Tory MP Rebecca Harris put forward a bill not to turn our clocks back in autumn, but to bring British Summer Time in force for the entire year.  The theory was that this would bring us more in line with Europe, giving us economic advantages.  Europe generally follows Central European Time, which is one hour ahead of GMT In winter and two hours ahead in summer.

Also, if we had an extra hour of daylight in the evening, it was argued that there would be a significant saving in electricity bills, a cut in CO2 emissions, less seasonally adjusted depression and fewer people would have a feeling that a day’s work was over as it gets dark soon after 3pm. But of course this was countered by problems about getting up in the dark and children walking to school in gloomy dark conditions.

In Scotland, there are different arguments as talk continues about their own specific problems due to the longer lengths in the far north of daylight hours in summer and dark hours in winter. Then of course some people say it doesn’t matter what anyone does because we get the same total amount of daylight hours whatever the clock says.

Not all countries use daylight saving. For instance, China experimented with the idea but abandoned it in 1992 and now uses one time zone for the entire country.

The main thing is to ensure you really are on the right time for the right location. And if you are invited to Mr and Mrs Casey’s for a meal, probably best to arrive early!

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